Walter Yovany Gomez.
(CNSNews.com) -- After spending four years on the run for allegedly murdering a fellow MS-13 gang member in New Jersey, illegal immigrant Walter Yovany Gomez was captured by the FBI, which had placed him on its “Ten Most Wanted” list.
Gomez, nicknamed “Cholo,” is a citizen of Honduras who illegally entered the United States. He was wanted by the FBI for the May 2011 murder of a fellow member of the “Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha” gang, a branch of MS-13, in Plainfield, New Jersey.
“The victim was suspected of socializing with a rival gang and had been ordered to be killed by MS-13 leaders. It is alleged that Gomez and another gang member, after an evening of socializing with the victim, attacked him,” reports the FBI on its website.
“The victim was struck in the head numerous times, had his throat cut, and was stabbed 17 times in the back. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Gomez … on September 19, 2013, after he was charged with violent crime in aid of racketeering.”
The FBI offered a $100,000 reward in exchange for tips leading to Gomez’s arrest. According to the Bureau, tips from the public contributed to his arrest in Woodbridge, Virginia on August 11.
"The apprehension of Walter Yovany Gomez is a prime example of the close coordination between the vigilant public and the hard working men and women of law enforcement," said Timothy Gallagher, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Newark Division.
"Gomez will now stand trial for his alleged involvement in a brutal murder which took a young man from his family,” said Gallagher.
Gomez is one of 482 fugitives who have been apprehended or located after being place on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. The list has featured 514 names in total.
President Donald Trump has made the dismantlement of MS-13 a key plank of his “law and order” platform. During a speech in late July the president told a crowd of law enforcement officers, “Together we're going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we're going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs.”
MS-13 gang members. (Discovery.org)
"They kidnap. They extort. They rape and they rob," the president said. "They stomp on their victims. They beat them with clubs, they slash them with machetes, and they stab them with knives. They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields. They're animals."
"We're going to enforce our laws, protect our borders and support our police like our police have never been supported before,” said Trump.